William Robin, 98


BLOOMFIELD, CONN. – William Leon Robin died at Caleb Hitchcock Health Center in Bloomfield on June 21. Will was born and raised in Providence, where he graduated from Hope High School and Brown University. He was a veteran of WWII. He was the son of Benjamin and Eva (Lozovitzky) Robin and brother of Sheila Robin Russo and the late Rob Robin.

Will and his wife Elaine (d. 2018) opened their home and their lives to nearly everyone who crossed their paths. They were welcoming and supportive to generations of friends and family. Will had a deep interest in engaging with people almost until the day he died. He was particularly gifted at playing the spoon, which endeared him to his family and friends. He was keenly interested in politics and Judaism, his favorite topics. Will had been a tennis player, swimmer, cyclist, arm wrestler, and charming raconteur. He started men’s discussion groups on Cape Cod where he and Elaine retired in 1981, and at Duncaster in Bloomfield, where they moved in 2007.

Will is survived by his four daughters: Susan Bookbinder (Steve), Ellen Robin (Michael Katz), Beth Robin (Peter Manuel), Deborah Robin (Jack Horak) and former son-in-law, Sandy Isenstadt. He also leaves grandchildren Sarah Bookbinder (Harold Park), Rachel Bookbinder, Maya Bookbinder (Jess Cuevas), Ivan Katz (Zoe Unruh), Asher Katz (Abbie Gabrielson), Jonah Katz; Sophie and Lili Manuel; Aaron Isenstadt (Jessie Papalia), and Anna Isenstadt, and great-grandchildren Eve and Seth Park, and Zadie Katz.

His daughters wish to thank the staff of Caleb Hitchcock who provided Will with love and support for many years, and especially through the very difficult quarantine due to the Covid19 pandemic. Will and Elaine were part of the Duncaster community for over 13 years and we are grateful for the friends they made and the wonderful life they were provided during that time.

Donations may be made to the Duncaster Staff Education Fund, 40 Loeffler Rd., Bloomfield, CT, 06002.